Animal Medical Center

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS SERVING TRAPPE AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES!

Animal Medical Center is a full service companion animal hospital founded in 1989 by Dr. Cynthia Hartz. We understand the special role your pet plays in your family and are dedicated to becoming your partner in animal healthcare.  Our goal is to practice the highest quality medicine and surgery with compassion, placing an emphasis on client education and providing high-quality veterinary care throughout the life of your pet.

Our services and facilities are designed to assist in routine preventative care for young, healthy pets; early detection and treatment of disease as your pet ages; and complete medical and surgical care as necessary during his or her lifetime.

Please take a few moments to browse our website and learn more about AMC and the pet health-care resources provided.

Thank you for visiting and we look forward to meeting with you and you pet!

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  • Mon,Tue,Thur: 8am-8pm
  • Wed & Fri: 8am-6pm
  • Sat: 8am - 1pm
  • After Hours: 610-489-8982
  • Cynthia Hartz, DVM

    Founder and President of Animal Medical Center Inc.
     
    Dr. Hartz received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois in 1984.  She worked in a private practice for 5 years before founding Animal Medical Center in 1989.  Dr. Hartz and her husband Doug have three sons; Karl, Sam and Bill who lives in Ohio with his wife Jamie.  The Hartz family includes a Labrador Retriever named Maximum, a Dachshund named Minimum, 2 cats named Elwood and Jake, a cockatiel named Peter and a parrotlet named Mike.

    Outside of work, Dr. Hartz enjoys running and swimming.

    Dr. Hartz is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, Association of Avian Veterinarians, American Association of Feline Practitioners and Delaware Valley Academy of Veterinary Medicine and Valley Forge Baptist Temple.

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1984
    Education:
    University of Illinois
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  • Dr. Brian Novak, DVM

    Associate Veterinarian
     
    Dr. Brian Novak, a native of the Chicago area, always had a combined fascination with science, nature and animals which naturally led him to veterinary medicine.  A 1993 graduate of Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine, he worked at wildlife rehabilitation clinics in Cape Cod and on Sanibel Island, Florida for two years before moving to Tampa to work in small animal medicine.  Dr. Novak moved to the Philadelphia area in 2005 and joined the staff of Animal Medical Center.  His primary interest has always been in surgery, especially with orthopedics such as cruciate ligament disease and innately challenging surgeries in exotic animals.

    With family in Chicago and San Francisco, Dr. Novak finds himself traveling cross-country for reunions every couple of years.  This allows him to keep track of nieces, nephews, and have some family fun.  Closer to home, he loves hiking and kayaking—with his one-of-a-kind 'Florida Mountain Dog', Guinness!

    Dr. Novak is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians and the Veterinary Sportsman's Society.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2005
    Education:
    Michigan State University
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  • Bridget Hanley, VMD

    Associate Veterinarian

    As Dr. Hanley's family knows well, she dreamed of becoming a veterinarian in kindergarten and has pursued her dream ever since. Following her graduation from Albright College and then the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003, she worked at a small animal practice in Gilbertsville, PA, for 2 years.  Dr. Hanley joined Animal Medical Center in 2005. Her areas of interest include internal medicine and rabbit medicine.

    Dr. Hanley's twin girls Ainsley and Alivia share her love for animals.  They love to play dress up with their English Bulldogs, Tilly and Bruno, their orange tiger cat Clancy and their guinea pig Maude.

    In her spare time, Dr. Hanley visits school children and geriatric centers with her bulldog, Tilly.  She also enjoys reading when not chasing her toddler twins.

    She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association.

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2005
    Education:
    University of Pennsylvania
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  • Kara Stover, DVM

    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Stover graduated from Souderton Area School District in 1993, Albright College in Reading in 1997 and Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.  She practiced in Sellersville for over 5 years prior to joining Animal Medical Center in January, 2007.

    Dr. Stover lives with her husband Eric and sons Will, Jonah, and Sam.  Over the years, the Stovers have adopted a poodle mix named Cadence and a stray kitty named Cuddles.  During her free time, Dr. Stover enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as taking trips to the mountains of Tioga county and the beaches of Delaware and New Jersey.

    She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association. 

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2007
    Education:
    The Ohio State University
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  • Karen D'Lauro, DVM

    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Karen D'Lauro graduated from Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia and the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.  Before joining Animal Medical Center in February of 2008, Dr. D'Lauro was an associate veterinarian in Chester County and did veterinary work in Atlanta Georgia.

    Her animal family includes a mixed breed dog, Elliot and a cat named Irene.

    In her free time, Dr. D'Lauro enjoys endurance sports, hiking with her dog and horseback riding.

    Dr. D'Lauro is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association and the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association.
    Years in Practice:
    Feb 01, 2008
    Education:
    University of Georgia
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  • Sue

    Veterinary Assistant

    Sue joined Animal Medical Center in November of 1999 as an exam room assistant.  Sue has learned all aspects of outpatient and inpatient care and is a valuable resource to AMC.

    Sue's animal family includes 4 dogs; Two Terriers from Puerto Rico named Potter and Weasley, a Terrier mix named Granger, and a German Shepherd mix named Logan.  Sue also has 2 cockatiels named Nell and Sophie, a parrotlet named Stuart and 5 rats named Brie, Gouda, Swiss, Ritz and Tray.  In her free time, Sue enjoys golfing, playing softball, swimming, going to the gym, listening to music, going to the movies, traveling and doing projects around the house.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1999
  • Shirley

    Animal Behavior Technician/Veterinary Assistant; CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, through the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers); Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers; Member of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians; Pupply Class Instructor

    Shirley joined Animal Medical Center staff in May of 1993. 

    In 2002, Shirley attended the 5 day DOGS course at Purdue University.  This intensive course focused on Behavior Modification techniques and the importance of per-pet selection counseling and puppy socialization.  Seeing the importance of these services we started offering Pre-Purchase Selection Counseling to help you decide which breed would be the best fit for your family, as well as what to expect in the important first year; First Steps Puppy Socialization classes for pups under 16 weeks of age; and Next Steps Puppy Manners for pups older than 16 weeks of age.  Our goal is to get all puppies and their owners off to a great start to help avoid behavior issues as their pup matures.

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1993
    Education:
    DOGS! Course at Purdue University
    Interests:
    Training, Behavior
  • Stephanie, CVT

    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Stephanie joined Animal Medical Center in December, 2011. She has an Associates degree from Manor College in the Program of Veterinary Technology.

    Stephanie lives with her daughter Gabriella;  and two cats named Precious and Lux. She enjoys spending time with her family and going horseback riding.

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2011
    Education:
    Manor College
  • Amanda

    Veterinary Assistant

    Amanda joined the staff of Animal Medical Center in August, 2008.  She has previously worked at a wildlife rehabilitation center and the Philadelphia Zoo.  She received her BS in biology at Moravian College and is currently attending classes to earn a degree in veterinary technology. 


    Amanda's furry family consists of Ava the Rottweiler, Baron the yellow lab, 2 cats, Jake and Oliver, and four alpacas: Zeus, Zeke, Max and Noah.

    In her free time, Amanda enjoys reading, running, and spending time with her animals.

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2008
    Education:
    Moravian College
  • Ashlie

    Veterinary Assistant

    Ashlie joined Animal Medical Center in September, 2008.  Her previous occupations include work as an animal care technician at the  Montgomery County SPCA, a dental assistant in a Souderton based dental practice and as a veterinary assistant in a Phoenixville clinic.  She is currently attending evening classes at a local college and is working towards a career in the medical field.

    Ashlie enjoys all animals,especially her 3 cats, Grandfather,  Bilbo Baggins and Helm.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2008
  • Diana

    Veterinary Assistant

    Diana joined Animal Medical Center in October, 2009.  She received a BS in Small Animal Science and Biotechnology from Delaware Valley College.  Before joining AMC's team, she worked in several other local animal hospitals as a veterinary technician.  She also worked in the clinical research field.

    When she's not at AMC, Diana enjoys spending time with her family and friends.   She recently got married and lives with her husband, Matt, and their boxer Mia, who they rescued from AABR in April, 2012.  Diana is involved with Adopt a Boxer Rescue and volunteers as a foster when she can.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2009
    Education:
    Delaware Valley College
  • Mona

    Client Care Specialist

    Mona, a part-time receptionist since 1995, feels she was born loving dogs.  She shares her barn home with Clover, a Deer Hound; Lavish, a PBGV; and Talisker, a Morgan horse.

    In her other life, Mona is an Associate Director of Student Financial Services at Ursinus College.  She especially enjoys her wonderful role as grandmother to Catherine, Jeremy, and two-year old twins, Leo and Christian.   Over the years, Mona has participated in many canine activities including visiting a geriatric facility with her otterhound; finishing several AKC champions; and serving as a whipper-in for a working pack of French basset hounds that hunt in Chester County.  Mona attended MacMurray College and Penn State.

    Mona particularly enjoys meeting AMC clients and their pets and strives to give them the attention she likes to receive when her own pets are patients.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1995
  • Dawn

    Client Care Specialist

    Dawn has years of experience as a veterinary receptionist and assistant in veterinary hospitals.  Dawn's full-time career is a student accounts assistant at Ursinus College in the financial aid center.

    Dawn shares her home with her husband Bob and son Aaron.  Their animal family includes a cat, Gandalf and grand dog, Chaos.  When she is not at work, Dawn enjoys spending time with her family.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1989
  • Bethany

    Client Care Specialist/Veterinary Assistant

    Bethany joined Animal Medical Center in September, 2010 after obtaining her BA from Houghton College.  

    She shares her home with her energetic rabbit Harold and her most recent addition, husband Kevin.  In her free time she enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time with her family. 

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2010
    Education:
    Houghton College
  • Ken

    Veterinary Assistant

    Ken joined Animal Medical Center in August, 2012 as a Veterinary Assistant.  He attended Manor Junior College majoring in the Veterinary Technology program.  Prior to joining Animal Medical Center, Ken worked as a Pharmaceutical/Veterinary Technician for over 14 years at an animal hospital in Chester County.

    Ken lives with his wife, Trish and 2 sons.  His animal family includes 4 Boston Terriers, Rossie, Opal, Ruby and Izzy; a chihuahua, Ramsey; and a horse, Brisk.  In his spare time, Ken enjoys working on restoring his old farmhouse, working on classic cars, visiting the mountains and seashore, and spending time with his family and pets.

    Years in Practice:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Education:
    Manor College
  • Jane

    Practice Manager

    Jane joined Animal Medical Center in June, 2012, as Practice Manager.  She graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a major in Business.  Prior to joining Animal Medical Center, Jane was the Director of Operations/Marketing/Network Development for a national healthcare organization. 

    She was born and raised in Connecticut and relocated to PA for her job in 2002.  Jane shares her home with her 3 furry cat friends, Poptart, 7 years old, a rescue as a kitten from a local shelter, Mittens, 2 years old, a recent rescue from Cat Angel Network, and Sunshine, 2 years old, a stray who found his way to Jane's house and after searching for where he came from, was adopted into the family!

    In her spare time, Jane enjoys volunteering at animal shelters, vegetable and flower gardening, flea marketing, arts & crafts, and DIY projects around her house.  She previously volunteered at an animal shelter in Connecticut where she worked as a volunteer, newsletter editor and helped with fundraising; and at a couple of shelters here in PA.  Jane also has participated in many community networking and business professional organizations and had volunteered as a Big Sister for the CT Big Brother/Big Sister organization.

    Years in Practice:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Education:
    Central Connecticut State University
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  • Debbie

    Client Care Specialist

    Debbie joined Animal Medical Center August, 2013 as a Client Care Specialist.  She brings a strong customer service background with her having previously worked in catering and finance.

    Debbie lives with her husband Dana.  She has a son Will and daughter-in-law Jamie.  Her animal family includes 2 cats, Wilson and Baby.  When not at AMC, Debbie enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.

    Years in Practice:
    Oct 16, 2013
    Education:
    Montgomery County Community College
  • Melissa

    Client Care Specialist/Veterinary Assistant

    Melissa joined Animal Medical Center September, 2013 as a Client Care Specialist.  Before joining AMC's team, she worked in other animal hospitals as Front Desk Receptionist and Veterinary Assistant.

    When she is not at AMC, Melissa enjoys camping and hiking and spending time with her Coonhounds Jenny and Moose.

    Years in Practice:
    Oct 16, 2013
    Education:
    Temple University
  • Mary Beth, CVT

    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Mary Beth joined Animal Medical Center November, 2013 as a Certified Veterinary Technician.  She is a graduate of the University of Maryland and Harcum College where she studied Veterinary Technology. 

    Mary Beth lives with her fiancĂ© Ben and son Max.  Her animal family includes 3 rescue dogs - Isobel, Dante and Bishop, a Kingsnake names Hasek and 2 goldfish.  When not at AMC, Mary Beth enjoys hiking, knitting and playing video games.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 09, 2014
    Education:
    University of Maryland; Harcum College
  • Jen, CVT

    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Jen joined Animal Medical Center in October, 2006.  She recently rejoined our team - great having her back!  She graduated with a BS from Penn State and received an Associated Applied Sciences Veterinary Technology from Colorado Mountain College and earned her certification.

    Jen lives with her husband, Greg and 3 children.  They share their home with their furry family member, Finn, a King Charles Cavalier and 5 hens.  In her spare time, Jen likes gardening, crafts and hiking.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2006
    Education:
    Penn State; Colorado Mountain College
  • Janice

    Veterinary Assistant

    Janice joined Animal Medical in October, 2012 as a Veterinary Assistant.  She is currently attending Ursinus College.  Her pet family includes Ursula the cat, Romeo & Pogo - Italian Greyhounds, Lando - Dragon, Willard - African Grey, Myrtle and Yertel - turtles.  In her spare time she enjoys being with her family and her pet family and riding her horse Hamlet.  She has previous experience as a stable hand.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2012
    Education:
    attending Ursinus College
  • Trish

    Veterinary Assistant

    Trish joined Animal Medical Center in June, 2013 as a Veterinary Assistant.  She attended Montgomery County Community College. 

    Trish lives with her boyfriend Scott.  Her animal family includes Copper, a boxer/lab, Kahne, a boxer, Peyton, a beagle mix, Matilda, a scottie carlin-jack Russell, and her cats Pretzel and Target.  In her spare time Trish enjoys baking, going to the movies and cheering on the Phillies!

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
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    Jen N

    Veterinary Assistant

    Jen joined Animal Medical Center in May, 2014 as a Veterinary Assistant.  She attended Harcum College.

    Jen resides with her fiance, Jim and son James.  Her animal family includes Jasporr, a cat; Tugger, a dog; Fiona, a ferret; and Starburst, Snowcap and Peppermint her pet rats.  In her spare time Jen enjoys drawing and singing.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 03, 2014
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    Margret

    Veterinary Assistant

    Margret joined Animal Medical Center in May, 2014 as a Veterinary Assistant. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College.

    Margret's animal family includes 2 Australian Shepherds and 5 horses.  In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, dog training, hiking, camping, traveling and spending time with friends.
    Years in Practice:
    Sep 03, 2014
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    Monique

    Client Care Specialist

    Monique joined Animal Medical Center in October, 2012 as a Client Care Specialist.  She attended Montgomery County Community College.  Prior to joining AMC's team, she worked as a tech and receptionist for 7 years at another local animal hospital.  She also worked as a Dental Assistant in the Phoenixville area.

    Her pet family includes her dog Sabu, a pitbull.  In her spare time, Monique enjoys traveling to the Jersey Shore, cooking and exercising.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2012